Sweeten Up Your Day

Published by Chris Wangler- January 21, 2021.

A new sweet and savory pastry place called Indulgenza opened at 346 Moody Street last week.
“People can come and get a coffee and a pastry to sweeten up their day,” said owner Paula De La Torre. “We want to make everyone feel like they’re at home.”
Paula came to America from Colombia at age 8 and grew up in Nonantum. Her family owns Global Thrift on Moody, and Paula now lives in Waltham five minutes away from her new business.
Indulgenza owner Paula De La Torre (center), with her mom Isabel Pochesci (right) and employee Danna Gomez (left). Isabel runs a beauty salon, Belleza Studio, on Main Street in Waltham.
 
“I’m comfortable here, and Moody Street has a lot of diversity,” she said.
Back in Colombia, pastry cafes such as hers are common. “I wanted to bring a little bit of my culture to Moody Street,” said Paula.
Her Italian grandfather helped inspire the name Indulgenza, meaning “indulgence” in Italian.
Currently the most popular items are bombolini―Italian donuts served plain or with hazelnut filling. “It’s a great pastry to have any time of the day,” Paula said.
Additional items, supplied by vendors, include croissants, cookies, crème brûlée, cheesecakes, mousse and gelato, as well as churros and empanadas.
Indulgenza offers a variety of pastries, cakes and other baked treats.
 
Paula said she plans to introduce Colombian coffee soon.
When asked about opening a business during the pandemic, she revealed her entrepreneurial spirit. “You need to take risks sometimes,” she said.